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Re: floating point

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Mon Jan 16 17:23:02 1995 )

From: paul@solar.sky.net
To: zachary@pentagon.io.com (Zachary)
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 16:19:32 -0600 (CST)
Cc: coldstuff@MIT.EDU
In-Reply-To: <199501161552.JAA17514@pentagon.io.com> from "Zachary" at Jan 16, 95 09:52:07 am

> >It'd be nice if cold supported floating point, even if only as a compile-time
> >option. As I understand, it has this capability, but it is unimplemented.
> Yes that would be nice... waitaminnit.. if it's unimplemented, how can it be considered a
> 'capability' ?

I mean, as I recall, when the driver was designed, the writer had this
ability in mind, which would mean that it wouldn't be extremely unhealthy
to implement.
> >It would be nice if we had someone who would take charge and make all the
> >changes we all agree upon. Someone who everyone agreed upon, who was
> >wel familiar with coldmud and C, and who had the time and energy. Any
> >volunteers?
> Heh.  the two main problems seem to be 1) getting everyone to agree on what changes to be
> made and 2) getting someone to maintain and coordinate the entire effort.
> What do people think of some sort of option config file for cold?  This would be a way
> to enable/disable 'features' that are 'nonstandard'.  Features like floating point, 
> suspend/resume, etc..  Setting these up in your config file would, perhaps, add some
> particular symbols to $sys or something so objects can check to see if these features are 
> present - nice cores could even have some sort of library object that will do in-db 
> emulation (if possible) of the requested function if it's not present... 
Sounds good to me. That way, what is used by more systems will become
'standard'. But who'll do it?

wrt brandon's message: Crag has become disinvolved with muds (remind you
of anyone?). He might be back, but don't quote me on that. 

and congratulations to you and Mrs Lynx-elect.